04/15/2010: "Metal News: Type O Negative's Peter Steele Dies"
CARNIVORE / TYPE O NEGATIVE's frontman PETER STEELE dies (r.i.p.)
Thursday April 15, 2010
After numerous internet reports, TYPE O NEGATIVE keyboardist Josh Silver has confirmed to Blabbermouth that the band's singer Peter Steele (born Petrus T. Ratajczyk) has died at the age of 48. According to TYPE O NEGATIVE's official site, statements from the family and band will be issued later today.
* Here's the statement from TYPE O NEGATIVE's record label, SPV Records:
"It's with great sadness that we give our condolences to the family and friends of Peter Steele. He died on April 14th, 2010. With his bands CARNIVORE and TYPE O NEGATIVE he achieved cult status and was loved by fans around the world. The last releases he did with TYPE O NEGATIVE were the DVD 'Symphony For The Devil' and the studio album 'Dead Again'. SPV/Steamhammer proudly released both products worldwide, which will now - very unfortunately - be the end of his recording legacy. The world has lost a charismatic frontman and a very talented person. Our condolences go to Peter's family, friends and the members of his bands."
Tributes to Peter Steele are being posted by many different musicians. Here are some of them:
DevilDriver vocalist Dez Fafara: "Peter Steele was one of the nicest guys in music, he was always kind to me through the years. I toured many times with TYPE O NEGATIVE and was always taken care of! Big guy with a huge heart. My heart goes out to his band, his family, and his many friends around the world..... We have all lost a LEGEND, a voice that will never be duplicated!"
KREATOR vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza: "Peter Steele was one of my all-time favorite musicians ever! I`ve only met him once briefly and he was just the nicest guy! Carnivore's Retalliation and all TYPE O NEGATIVE albums have been a huge influence on my creativity. This is a black day for music! Rest in peace, Peter."
Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia: "I haven't heard such bad news in a long time. I am appalled, speechless. Silence is more respectful , in these circumstances, I know. But everyone who knows me knows that Peter and TYPE O NEGATIVE were (and are) an IMMENSE influence in my musical taste and beside that Pete was a charismatic, intense, funny, fantastic person. I treasure the moments we spent together on this road and I know he's rockin' out both heaven and hell, right now. My deepest condolences to Johnny, Kenny, Josh and Peter's family. I will miss you brother, my influence and adorable giant. We'll meet again somewhere, someday."